Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

If you are eating ice cream and you begin experiencing pain in your teeth, it is most likely a case of tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is due to nerve irritation when there is a movement of fluid in the small tubes in the dentin — the tissue layer under the tooth’s hard enamel that contains the inner pulp. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, approximately 40 million adults in the USA suffer from tooth sensitivity.

The following dental issues can cause tooth sensitivity:

  • Teeth grinding at night
  • Tooth decay, broken teeth, leaky fillings that expose the dentin
  • Worn tooth enamel (from stiff toothbrushes or aggressive brushing)
  • Gum recession
  • Tooth erosion (from food and beverages that are highly acidic)
  • Post-dental treatment sensitivity (temporary results of common procedures such as crowns, fillings, and bleaching)

If you are currently experiencing the pain associated with sensitive teeth, you may want to set an appointment and consult with Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S.. To learn more, call our Leander office at (512) 259-3365.